Definition of complaisant in English:

complaisant

Line breaks: com|plai¦sant
Pronunciation: /kəmˈpleɪz(ə)nt
 
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adjective

Derivatives

complaisance

noun
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  • If it became possible for shareholders to sue firms where those firms might reasonably have protected them from insider trading, corporate Australia's complaisance towards insider trading could take a healthy hit.
  • And this has caused a mass unjustified complaisance.
  • A rebellion of public opinion against such complaisance is possible but not certain.

Origin

mid 17th century: French, from complaire 'acquiesce in order to please', from Latin complacere 'to please'.

Usage

Complaisant does not mean the same as complacent. See complacent (usage).

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